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Hort in the Home Landscape

A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
Trees
2015-10-05 15 35 09

Odd Oak Galls

Posted by Candice Hart - Trees

It seems to be the season for odd oak galls. I've had several questions come into the office and while prepping for a fall tree walk this past week, I discovered many oak galls. Galls can be defined as irregular plant growths which are stimulated by the reaction between plant hormones and powerful growth regulating chemicals produced by some insects or mites. Most are caused by tiny cyn...

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2014-08-14 13 06 57

Urban Tree Decline

Posted by Candice Hart - Trees

The vast majority of calls into out help desks and hotlines this summer have been tree questions, many of them in urban settings. And that's for good reason. Urban trees have to tolerate a lesser than ideal location in many cases. Many people are aware of the environmental and psychological benefits that these urban street trees impart on our small towns and large cities, but it's not u...

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2015-06-04 18 25 59

Maple Tree Seedlings Everywhere

Posted by Candice Hart - Trees

If you are lucky enough to have a neighbor with a large maple tree, you are probably in the same boat as myself right now. Maple seeds that are germinating everywhere!  My particular neighbor has a large silver maple tree that rains helicopters (samaras) all over my yard. Don't worry, I pay him back in the fall with all the leaves from my large oak that he has to rake up. Some ye...

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2015-02-03 15 12 33

Winter Snow and Ice Damage to Trees

Posted by Candice Hart - Trees

Here in the northwestern corner of Illinois, we got about 15 inches of snow this past weekend. This amount of snow definitely causes some road and travel problems, but what does that much snow mean for trees and shrubs? It means there is a lot of weight on the branches! Especially this particular snow, which was very wet and heavy. Heavy snow and ice storms can cause quite a bit of dama...

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